Dynamic Strides Therapy (DST) is the one place where children with special needs can experience the therapeutic benefits of equine movement, a unique sensory gym and the compassionate support of skilled, certified therapists.
DST is dedicated to one goal: delivering transformational outcomes for every child.
Empowering children to achieve their maximum potential by providing accessibility to skilled therapy services in an integrated environment.
We envision a world where specialized pediatric therapy provides for every child, a life changed; for every family, hope.
We are committed to changing the lives of our patients.
With every child’s best interest in mind, we will find a way to support his or her needs, every step of the way.
We have a sincere desire to help our patients reach their maximum potential.
Our service-oriented team is driven by a passion to provide the best quality care.
We will always do the right thing for our patients and our community.
We integrate clinical expertise with scientific evidence to provide high quality services.
We include and empower the patient’s family regarding decisions involving the child.
We are committed to educating our therapists, our patients, families and our community.
President: Nicole Jarratt, Revel Advertising
Vice President: Tiffany Nichols, State Bank of Southwest Missouri
Secretary: Desi Prost, Mercy Hospital
Treasurer: Joe Driscoll, SFC Bank
Blake Beshore, Small Batch Burritos
Jennifer Freeman, Portola Pharmaceuticals
Emily Krupa, Pasta Express
Scott Smith, Rooney McBride & Smith
Ryan Walker, Sho-Me Power Electric
Kristen Wiley, FIS Global
Foaled in 1993, Coco, a paint Shetland Pony, is our smallest mount, standing at just 11.1 hands. He started his second career at Dynamic Strides Therapy in 2008. Coco’s spunky spirit in a tiny package makes him very popular with our smallest riders.
Foaled in 1996, Freckles, a Pony of Americas (P.O.A.) stands at 12.0 hands. He started his therapy career with us in 2007. It is safe to say that despite being the grumpiest and crankiest pony at DST, with an opinion on everything, Freckles is our most utilized and reliable pony.
At 14.2 hands and donated to DST in 2018, Kasey is our only purebred Arabian. Used as a trail horse prior to coming to us, he has quickly become a solid and consistent therapy horse. Kasey has energetically become the ‘go-to’ horse for all of our patients.
Peaches arrived at DST in 2017, and little is known about her past. Our guess is that she is a Connemara Cross foaled in 1997. Standing at 13.1 hands, Peaches is possibly the hardest working pony at DST. She has a special place in our hearts for her remarkable kindness and patience.
Possibly our most handsome pony, Poncho is a 13.3 hand Dun gelding, born in 2002. Being a Mounted Posse horse prior to his donation in 2019, Poncho has quickly learned the ins and outs of being a therapy horse. He is a great size for most of our children, and brings charisma to all of his sessions.
X-ey, likely a Quarter Horse Cross foaled in 2002, was donated in 2020. Standing at 14.2 hands he is a stout and solid bay gelding who has become a favorite by accommodating many of our older children. X-ey, originally from Mexico, was a well-loved family horse who has already proven he will be an integral addition to DST.
Dynamic Strides Therapy has an amazing way of disguising therapy as fun! We have had the therapy there for years ands absolutely LOVE it!! All of the staff and volunteers are so kind and genuinely care about every single child they serve! Dynamic Strides Therapy makes you feel like family, and I couldn't imagine going any other place!
I've volunteered at Dynamic Strides Therapy Riding for about six years. In that length of time I've seen some amazing things. Children gain strength in their core to be able to sit up better and hold their head up better & longer. Children gain balance. Some even speak more. The results are invaluable.
My business partner and I were given the opportunity to observe the people at Dynamic Strides Therapy conduct a hippotherapy session with a patient. I will never forget it. I saw a young boy begin with great reluctance and assumed the session would end with everyone feeling exasperated and disappointed. Yet by the end of the session - thanks to the DST team's incredible patience and expertise - the young boy embraced the opportunity and he was beaming. His mother was kind enough to initiate a conversation and share the ways her son and family have benefited from hippotherapy. For me as an observer, it was an emotional and singular experience.
A donation today can transform a child’s life. Your contribution will go directly toward improving facilities and equipment, caring for our beloved horses and enhancing the quality of care we provide for our patients.